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2014 NHL Playoffs: Nathan MacKinnon lifts Avs to 2-0 series lead over Wild

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Nathan MacKinnon has given Avs fans plenty to cheer about with seven points through two games. (Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)

Rookie Nathan MacKinnon has taken a liking to the playoffs in his first go-round. (Michael Martin/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

Patrick Roy knows a bit about making a playoff impression at an early age.

The coach of the Colorado Avalanche was just 20 when he stepped between the pipes and led the Montreal Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1986.

But even he has to be amazed at what Nathan MacKinnon is doing to the Minnesota Wild.

The 18-year-old sensation followed up a three-point performance in Game 1 with a record-setting four-point encore to lead the Avs to a 4-2 win over the Wild on Saturday night. The victory gives Colorado a commanding 2-0 lead as the best-of-seven series heads to Minnesota.

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  • Published On Apr 20, 2014
  • Late rally by Avalanche takes Game 1 from Wild, 5-4, in overtime

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    By Jared Crozier

    Like most of the other first round games, offense was the big story — the Avalanche and the Wild combined for nine goals in Game 1. Normally an up-tempo shootout would be to Colorado’s advantage, but the Avs struggled early and trailed 4-2 by the end of the second period. Eventually, Minnesota allowed Colorado too many chances and paid dearly for it when Paul Stastny scored the tying goal in the final seconds of the third period. He went on to score the game-winner for the Avalanche in OT.

    Here are some notes and observations from an action-packed Game 1:

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  • Published On Apr 18, 2014
  • 2014 NHL playoffs preview: Colorado Avalanche vs. Minnesota Wild

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    Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche

    Don’t expect goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) and the Avalanche to wilt under pressure. (Michael Martin/Getty Images)

    By Brian Cazeneuve 

    Regular-season recaps

    Nov. 29: Avalanche 3, Wild 1

    Nov. 30: Avalanche 3, Wild 2 (SO)

    Dec. 14: Wild 2, Avalanche 1 (SO)

    Jan. 11: Avalanche 4, Wild 2

    Jan. 30: Avalanche 5, Wild 4

    Notable injuries

    Avalanche: F Matt Duchene (bruised knee, likely out for series), D Jan Hejda (upper body, day-to-day), F Alex Tanguay (hip surgery, out for season), D Cory Sarich (back spasms, day-to-day)

    Wild: G Darcy Kuemper (upper body, day-to-day), G Josh Harding (complications from multiple sclerosis, day-to-day), Nicklas Backstrom (abdominal surgery, out for series), F Jason Zucker (quadriceps, out for series)

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  • Published On Apr 16, 2014
  • Top Line: Sidney Crosby dazzles; Lousy Leafs appeal to Shanahan; more links

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    Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins

    The runaway scoring champ, Sidney Crosby will likely add another Hart Trophy to his collection. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Dejan Kovacevic reminds us to take a moment to appreciate just how amazing Sidney Crosby has been this season. Even his detractors have to tip their caps after this one.

    • The hiring of Brendan Shanahan is the first of many changes coming for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

    • Eric Duhatschek explains why taking over the hapless Leafs would appeal to Shanahan.

    • The misguided optimism — or perhaps it’s sports naivete — of Capitals owner Ted Leonsis is being called out in Washington. It’s forced him to take a couple bites of crow and promise a thorough review of all team operations. Yeah, we’ll see about that. From this vantage point, Leonsis has made the fatal error of falling in love with players who don’t deserve it.

    • So, what exactly did Colorado accomplish with its win over the Vancouver Canucks last night? They’re guaranteed to finish ahead of Chicago in the Central, goalie Semyon Varlamov set a franchise record with his 41st win of the season, and they tied the franchise mark with their 52nd win. And now they have a chance to actually go from worst to first with a win in their finale. Not bad.

    • Nothing like making a good impression on the new boss, eh Vancouver?

    • Is it time to start worrying about the St. Louis Blues? Yes. Yes it is.

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  • Published On Apr 11, 2014
  • Colorado goalie Varlamov breaks Patrick Roy’s single-season wins record

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    Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images

    Semyon Varlamov broke Patrick Roy’s record with his 41st victory of the season. (Photo: Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images)

    By Mike McMahon

    The Colorado Avalanche were the bottom-feeders in the Western Conference during last year’s shortened season. Now, the Avs find themselves atop the Central Division with just two games left to play, thanks in large part to the performance of their goaltender, Semyon Varlamov.

    Varlamov recorded his 41st victory of the season on Thursday night after making 38 saves against the Vancouver Canucks in a 4-2 win. The W breaks the franchise record previously held by the man who stands behind Colorado’s bench, the legendary Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, who set the mark during the 2000-2001 season.

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  • Published On Apr 11, 2014
  • Top Line: Avs gambling on Varlamov; Ovechkin struggles; more links

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    Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche

    With his fat new deal, the spotlight on Semyon Varlamov in Colorado just got brighter. (Barry Gutierrez/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The Avalanche hitched their wagon to Semyon Varlamov on Thursday night, signing the goaltender to a five-year extension worth an average of $5.9 million per year. He’s been dynamite this season, but his thin postseason track record makes me leery — this deal might be too much, too soon for a still unproven player.

    • After watching another truly sorry performance by the Capitals on Thursday night, Adam Proteau says that there’s no reason for continued patience with this roster.

    • Alex Ovechkin was a brutal minus-5 in the game, a 5-2 loss to the Blue Jackets. Could be that he’s feeling the weight of a nation starting to bear down on his shoulders.

    • But hey, no pressure on Washington. After all, the Capitals play in a division in which the general managers appear to have no accountability for their teams’ performances.

    • Ryan Johansen is just gross:

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  • Published On Jan 31, 2014
  • Top Line: Varlamov charges dropped; Ovechkin scores No. 400; more links

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    (Karl Gehring/Denver Post via Getty Images)

    Varlamov was charged for allegedly attacking his girlfriend, Evgeniya Vivranyuk. (Karl Gehring/Denver Post via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Prosecutors in Denver dropped assault charges against Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov on Friday, saying they believed the story of Evgeniya Vivranyuk, but didn’t believe they had enough evidence to secure a conviction.

    • Adrian Dater says Varlamov never seemed to let the charges affect him, but “it helps to know you’re innocent.” We should get some reaction from Varlamov himself later today.

    • It won’t go down as one of the prettiest or most dramatic goals of his career, but the empty netter that sealed Washington’s 4-2 win over Carolina was still a big one for Alex Ovechkin. That last-minute tally counted as his 400th in the NHL, a milestone just five players have reached faster. Amazing.

    • Brooks Orpik says mistakes he’s made in the past helped him forgive Shawn Thornton in the wake of being assaulted by the Boston enforcer.

    • Chris Johnston offers a couple of compelling takes on why the West is so much better than the East this season.

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  • Published On Dec 21, 2013
  • Top Line: Do suspensions work?; Talk of expansion; Iginla returns; more links

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    Shawn Thornton of the Boston Bruins is facing suspension for his attack on Brooks Orpik.

    A suspension for attacking Brooks Orpik may force a contrite Shawn Thornton to clean up his act. (Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Are players changing their approach to the game as a result of suspensions? Several NHL GMs seem to think so.

    The Board of Governors is happy with the way suspensions are being doled out. Interesting stat in this one from Sheriff Shanny: of the approximately 55,000 hits that are delivered over the course of the season, only about 50-100 are problematic.

    • The NHL is willing to field inquiries about expansion, but there’s no rush to push the league to 32 teams. “Everything in due time,” said Gary Bettman, who probably wants to enjoy having 30 stable owners for perhaps the first time in his tenure before he decides to add to the family.

    • Is there a mechanism in place to ensure the financial stability of small-market teams as the salary cap rises during the next few years?

    • Jarome Iginla’s return to Calgary made for an emotional, surreal and unforgettable tribute to his iconic career with the Flames.

    • Below is the video that Calgary played pre-game to honor Iggy. It’s every bit as good as you’d imagine.

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  • Published On Dec 11, 2013
  • Top Line: Suspensions looming after hockey’s night of shame; more links

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    Brooks Orpik

    Brooks Orpik had to be stretchered off the ice after an altercation yesterday. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • A  Saturday night that featured everything that’s good about hockey was marred by moments of idiocy, including a cheap shot by Brooks Orpik on Loui Eriksson, a retaliatory mugging of Orpik by Shawn Thornton, a knee to the head of Brad Marchand by James Neal and, in Dallas, Zac Rinaldo’s assault of Antoine Roussel.

    • I can’t disagree strongly enough with Ken Campbell’s assessment in the previous link that Orpik’s hit on Eriksson was clean–the Bruin didn’t yet possess the puck and wasn’t eligible to be checked at all in my book. He suffered his second concussion in just 45 days on the play, potentially putting his season in jeopardy. If ever there was a hit that called for some on-ice accountability, this was it. Thornton, however, went completely beyond the pale in assaulting a defenseless Orpik.

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  • Published On Dec 08, 2013
  • Top Line: Roy hangs Varlamov out to dry; ban for Pacioretty?; more links

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    Semyon Varlamov was strafed for eight goals by the Edmonton Oilers.

    Semyon Varlamov’s net was full of rubber, courtesy of the Oilers on Thursday night. (Marko Ditkun/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • The embarrassment of being left in the net by coach Mario Tremblay for nine goals on Dec. 2, 1995 precipitated Patrick Roy’s departure from Montreal. But here’s why, as a coach, Roy had no problem hanging Semyon Varlamov out to dry after he allowed the Oilers eight goals on 28 shots last night.

    • One Oilers fan offered Taylor Hall her full support after he buried his hat trick goal last night. Because why not?

    • Is chemistry with Sidney Crosby reason enough to invite Chris Kunitz and James Neal to play for Team Canada in Sochi? Ken Campbell believes it is. I’m not so sure. Both are solid players, but if that line struggles and has to be broken up, are Kunitz and Neal valuable enough on their own to justify their places on another line?

    • Campbell also makes the argument that Max Pacioretty deserves to be suspended for his hit on Johnny Boychuk last night. It was tough to see Boychuk in so much pain, but seriously? If this hit is suspendable, we’re one step away from playing no-contact hockey.

    • Dave Stubbs writes that Montreal’s win last night deserves a punctuation mark. I’m right there with him. A tremendous group effort and a huge moment for a team that looks like it’s convincing itself just how good it can be.

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  • Published On Dec 06, 2013


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